The State Institute of International Relations of Moldova (IRIM) organizes the annual simulation of the United Nations sittings. The UN model is a conference based on intellectual game theory during which students simulate the activity of the UN.
The UN Model participants are students playing the role of delegates and observers, the official representatives of UN member countries who are invited to the conference to discuss the issues that are on the committee’s agenda.
In the UN Model sitting, the delegates expose an official position of the state they represent. Drafting the resolution is the last phase of the proceedings; the final document is worked out only if the interests of all the member-countries are taken into account on the principle of compromise.
It is noteworthy that the UN Model simulation sessions are carried out in the languages of international communication, namely, English and French. In this context, the participants are the students with a good command of these languages of intercultural communication.
Simulation of the UN Security Council meetings aims at educating and training the young generation in the spirit of democratic values, tolerance, trust and understanding between peoples; as a result it allows any problem to be solved by negotiating.
Simulation of the UN Security Council meetings also contributes to acquainting with the rules of procedure which determines the activity of this high international forum; it helps to identify the issues that constitute the agenda of the UN Security Council and to elucidate the positions of key UN members.
In recent years, during the UN Model, issues of global concern have been discussed, and their solutions have been discussed. Under the discussion there were many issues on complicated international political topics, including:
- struggle against human trafficking,
- struggle against poverty in underdeveloped countries,
- global problems of sustained development,
- measures for ensuring the stability and security in Libya,
- migration management and assistance to refugees from conflict zones , etc.
In this context, students from the IRIM simulated the activity of UN member states, including the Republic of Moldova, representing the position in the topics to be discussed.
In the annual meeting of the UN Model-IRIM representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, Ministry of Education, members of the diplomatic corps accredited in Moldova, representatives of international organizations, non-governmental structures, experts, students , master and PhD students are widely involved.
The UN extracurricular project is to complement curricular courses in International Relations and International Law and to bring together the efforts of teachers/propfessors and students in order to actively implement the knowledge and skills in shaping domestic policy and external perspectives.
The IRIM is the only university in Moldova which annually organizes this intellectual UN Model that provides students of international relations, political science, law and language specialties with additional opportunities to advance their knowledge and develop practical skills in diplomacy, law and international relations.
The conclusions from the discussions are included in the final resolution and addressed to the public authorities in the Republic of Moldova. The annual event is covered by several television channels, such as the Jurnal TV, TV7, CTC, REN TV, and TV Accent.
Students with the best annual performance are awarded by diplomas with honors, the UN Model –IRIM ones.